Fun new additions this week in the East Nashville food sector, plus lots more.
The latest East Nashville News:
Sweet Bean opens on McFerrin
While waiting in line at Mas Tacos or The Pharmacy, you might’ve noticed a "coming soon" sign on a little carriage house across the way.
As of Thursday, Nov. 2, soon is now: The Sweet Bean is open for business at 924 Mcferrin Avenue, slinging made-to-order Aeropress coffee and hot chocolate, plus other fun selections from the “sweet” side of things, including spin-your-own cotton candy in five different flavors.
The business is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Julia and Dave Carlson (up top), who’ve owned a home on that corner for about seven years, and, in the little carriage house in their yard, saw an opportunity to build “something for the community to do as a family.”
The Carlsons reused wood from the renovation of the main house to help convert and build out the carriage house, powered and decorated the space, and set up a cozy hangout for neighbors — a “covered pavilion atmosphere,” Julia says, where neighbors can pop in for caffeine and sugar, and area restaurant visitors can cap off or pre-game their dinner.
Along with beverages and cotton candy, the Sweet Bean’s starting off by stocking a mix of retro candies, like Ring Pops and Pop Rocks.
“They’re things that remind us of our childhood, so we’re just bringing it to the store,” Julia says.
This is all part of phase one for the Bean — the Carlsons are working on finishing up the main house, and hope to get it ready to take over as home to The Sweet Bean in the next year or so. Meantime, the carriage house is a cozy/cute beginning.
“We had to start somewhere,” Julia says, “and we figured, ‘Why not?’”
Stop by the Sweet Bean from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and learn more at thesweetbean.com or via the Sweet Bean Facebook page.
East Siders make event eats easy with Juniper Green
If you’re planning an event in town, big or small — wedding to fancy dinner party — this one might catch your attention: East Side food talents Lyndi Stein and Molly Martin (above, right and left respectively) recently launched Juniper Green, a “modern culinary events company” that can tackle your menu in total, appetizers to desserts.
Salt + Vine alum Martin serves as head chef, with Stein — who many East Siders know from Littlest Love Bakery — providing Juniper Green’s pastry offerings. Fittingly, the partnership sprung up here in the neighborhood.
“Molly sat me down at Ugly Mugs with a simple, ‘I think we should start a culinary event company together,’” Stein says. “It took me all of 10 minutes before basically yelling ‘I’m in!’ Our skill sets and personalities are so complementary that it was a bit of a no-brainer once we both realized what we could accomplish together.”
The duo’s approach should appeal to food obsessives/locavores in particular — everything they prepare comes with a seasonal and local focus, with dishes designed to stand alone or be combined into bigger event menus.
Picks from their fall menu: roasted brussels with pomegranate seeds, apricot and crispy shallot; flatbreads with maple sweet potato, fig and rosemary; chili-glazed fall squash; roasted market fish with turmeric, pistachio, mint and golden raisin relish; lots more.
Not planning a big throwdown but still eager to try what Juniper Green’s cooking? Perfect upcoming opportunity: On November 9, they’ll be handling the menu for Besseha, “a sit-down dinner and an evening of Moroccan fare and local, shoppable art and home decor” at Nous Art House here in the neighborhood (305 East Trinity Lane).
Besseha attendees will get to enjoy a Moroccan meal “served as a series of thoughtful, composed dishes” (Moroccan lamb meatballs, warm vegetable couscous), and check out offerings from a mix of East Nashville businesses: home decor from Apple & Oak, greenery from Flora Plant Shop, vintage decor from Vintage Sparkle and more.
The event has 6 and 8 p.m. seatings, and $60 tickets include wine pairings and a custom cocktail. (More info/tickets here.)
Juniper Green’s also set up a way to make your Thanksgiving at home easy and delicious, with a Thanksgiving menu (“everything but the turkey”) available for order now through November 16.
That menu moves through creative takes on familiar flavors, like warm goat cheese dip, potato parsnip mash and maple sweet potato pie. Check out more/order Thanksgiving dinner from Juniper Green here.
Events like Besseha and holiday meals are both part of Juniper Green’s game plan, going forward.
“Our goal is to reduce the barriers for people to spend quality time around the table,” Stein says. “Holidays can be stressful, but they also provide such great opportunities for tradition and connection. And it's always an honor to be part of that.”
Learn more at junipergreen.kitchen, and follow Juniper Green on Facebook and Instagram for the latest.
Ben Eyestone Fund launches with 'Last Waltz' tribute
In July, 28-year-old musician and 5 Spot mainstay Ben Eyestone passed away after battling colon cancer. In his memory, Eyestone’s loved ones have set up the Ben Eyestone Fund with Nashville’s Music Health Alliance, designed to “provide grants to cover direct and immediate diagnostic healthcare costs … for uninsured and underinsured music professionals in the Nashville area.”
A fitting way to contribute to that fund, here in the community that Eyestone meant so much to: A Tribute to the Last Waltz at The Basement East, on Saturday, Nov. 11.
That night, a slew of locals and friends — including Little Bandit, Pat Sansone, Tim Easton, Allen Thompson, Steve Gorman and many others — will tackle the songs of The Band’s famed, guest star-stocked ’76 concert/film, with proceeds going to the fund.
It kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 general admission, $40 VIP, available online now.
The hope, through the Ben Eyestone Fund: “to ensure that no one else dies a victim of the same system that failed Ben.”
Red Dog Beads ends its run
East Nashville crafters/makers are probably familiar with little-shop-of-baubles Red Dog Beads, locked down in the Idea Hatchery on Woodland for some time now.
Prep for a few changes: As of December 1, Red Dog Beads’ run will be ending. But, lucky for those of us who need steady supplies, Black Dog Beads will be opening up immediately in the same space, with RDB employee Kim Hussey taking over.
“It's hard for me to to express what I'm feeling without becoming verklempt,” retiring Red Dog owner Dottie Landry wrote in a goodbye note. “I’m happy and sad at the same time, but that's what everyone says when they retire from doing something they truly love for a living. …I'm so thankful and appreciative for all the love and support from you guys through the years. I know that y'all will continue to show Kim and Black Dog Beads the love and support you've shown me at Red Dog.”
Hours for the remaining Red Dog Days are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit D. After November, the name and ownership change, but the rest’ll be familiar.
Head to the Red Dog Beads Nashville Facebook page if you’d like to leave a goodbye/congrats note.
— This week, the rootARCH architecture team presented a proposal for a large mixed-use building in the Five Points area, at Main Street and Forrest (formerly home to an auto business). The proposed structure, at its tallest, tops what redevelopment guidelines allow, at five stories, but the plan was developed to allow for more open space and surface parking. This is all early stages, but it’ll impact a very visible part of the neighborhood. Learn more about it from Nashville Post, and take a look at some renderings on the rootARCH Facebook page.
— Congrats to Smith & Lentz Brewing, who celebrated their second birthday this week. Raise a glass (of their beer) in their honor: 903 Main Street, smithandlentz.com.
— Back in July, we mentioned that CrossFit East Nashville was due to join the East Nashville fitness landscape this fall. As of Wednesday, they’re all opened up at 400 Davidson, Suite 410, with lots of classes and open gym hours on the schedule. Visit crossfiteastnashville.com for more.
— Another we tipped to, back in August: Float Horizen, a “float center and alternative therapy spa,” coming to 1012 Russell Street. Their grand opening is a couple weeks away, but they’re doing some soft-opening scheduling now while they work out kinks and finish up training. If you’d like to be an early bird, you can save while you try them out: Schedule a float during their soft-opening period and use the promo code SOFTSPECIAL for $30 off. More/booking at floathorizen.com.
— Another local option for a delicious Thanksgiving meal sans-cooking: The Turnip Truck has pre-orders for their fully-cooked Holiday Meal Kit going now (along with a la carte sides) for the T-day season. You can sample the wares this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5, at 1 p.m., or on Sunday at 4 p.m. 701 Woodland Street.
— East Nashville artist Sarah Mason Walden’s debut gallery art show is this Saturday, Nov. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. at the East Side Project Space at The Packing Plant (507 Hagan Street). Spooky Action At A Distance ~ A Time Traveling Gallery Show “is focusing on time travel, as does my art in general,” she says. We’ll share more about her work soon, but meantime, here’s a cool feature on her from Nashville Lifestyles.
— This Sunday brings another First Sunday at the Shops at Porter East, with snacks, drinks, specials at shops and lots of special guests (from bakers to kids’-clothes makers and even a pop-up tintype portrait purveyor). Noon to 4 p.m., 717 Porter Road, more here.
That’s it for this week. Have any East Nashville News tips to share? Please email Nicole.